With over 25 years in the Information Technology Services industry, Rodney Rogers is a well-recognized thought leader and successful entrepreneur.
Currently, Rodney is a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Virtustream, a leading cloud software and services provider. Virtustream introduced the first consumption-based hybrid cloud software and IaaS platform capable of providing commercial application latency performance guarantees for running mission-critical enterprise class applications on modern multi-tenant cloud architectures.
Prior to Virtustream, Rodney was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Adjoined. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services company from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006. Rodney then became COO of Kanbay, a 7,000 person global IT Services firm which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. As such, Adjoined set the bar for private U.S-based IT Services value creation in the post-2000 era.
Rodney has been recognized consistently as a businessman, an entrepreneur and a technologist including being named to Kennedy Research's global list of "Top 25 Most Influential Consultants", being a finalist for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award multiple times, and most recently, ranking 3rd the on the global Forbes list of "Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2015.”
Rodney is a Board Member of UnitedLex, a leading India-based Knowledge Process Outsourcer, Greensmith, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage software technology, and RapidValue, an emerging mobile technology solutions provider. Rodney is also an early-stage investor in technology growth companies such as Cloud Sherpas, BetterCloud, and iYogi.
Kevin Reid is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Virtustream, Inc., an Intel and Columbia Capital backed firm committed to helping clients actualize the enterprise class Cloud by providing strategy, integration and managed services leveraging xStream, Virtustream's unique Cloud computing platform. Since its inception in 2009, Kevin and the company have received recognition including the AlwaysOn "On Demand Top 100", "East Top 100 Private Companies" awards and the "2010 Minority Business Leader" award from the Washington Business Journal.
Kevin was formerly the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Adjoined Consulting, a US based management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm targeting the global 2000 market. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006. Kevin then became the Global Practice lead for the Business Intelligence Practice of Kanbay which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. Kevin continued on with Capgemini as the North American practice leader for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Architecture.
Prior to Adjoined Kevin was CIO for a privately held corporation and the largest producer and distributor of sweeteners in the United States. Before that he was with Accenture's Consumer Products Industry Practice.
In addition, Kevin is President of Blue Lagoon Advisors, LLC, a private U.S-based executive advisory and private equity firm and Chairman of the Board for Greensmith Energy Management Systems, LLC, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage technology.
Mike Provenzano is the Chief Financial Officer of Virtustream with global responsibility for the accounting, finance, corporate development, legal, human resources, security and data center operations activities of the company.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Mike was the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Aspect Software. With more than 20 years of software and high-tech experience, he had principal responsibility for Finance, Operations and Human Resources. In this role, Mike provided strategic financial direction for the company and oversaw all accounting, financial planning, budgeting, treasury, facilities and risk management activities. He also played an instrumental role in the company's corporate strategy including its mergers and acquisitions activities. Under Mike's direction, Aspect Software successfully merged with or acquired 12 companies with purchase price consideration of more than $1.3 Billion. Mike also led the financing of more than $3 Billion through various credit facilities including revolving lines of credit, bank term loans and high yield bonds with 144A Registration Rights.
Mike joined Aspect Software in 1999 as Corporate Controller. Prior to Aspect Software, he acquired a strong finance and accounting background at Arthur Andersen LLP as an experienced audit manager in the High Technology practice.
In 2009 he was announced as Boston Business Journal CFO of the Year Honoree for large privately held companies. In 2005 was also named a "40 Under 40" business leader to watch in the Greater Boston region by the Boston Business Journal. Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Simon West has spent his career marketing business-to-business technology solutions, and played a key role in two of the largest transactions in the cloud computing industry.
Prior to joining Virtustream he was founder and principal of Monophonic, a brand strategy and communications design firm. He was formerly chief marketing officer for SoftLayer Technologies. Over a two-year period he directed a repositioning that established the company as a global leader in cloud infrastructure, ultimately leading to its sale to IBM in 2013 for $2 billion.
Prior to SoftLayer, West served as CMO for Terremark, where he executed a comprehensive brand relaunch, positioning the company as a brand leader in the managed services industry and at the forefront of the emerging cloud computing revolution, and executed marketing programs resulting in unprecedented brand awareness, industry recognition, revenue growth, and sale of the company in 2011 to Verizon for $2 billion.
Previously, West spent 11 years with Data Return, where he was part of the initial start-up team and played an instrumental role in taking the company through foundational business planning, product definition and systems development, through the planning and execution of an Initial Public Offering.
Joe Moye brings over 30 years of diverse experience as a leader in the technology arena and joins Virtustream after successfully driving the transformation of the enterprise business of a publicly traded software company. He also founded and built a highly successful analytics and data management business which was acquired and integrated into a leading, global professional services company.
Joe serves as the President of Virtustream’s software business for the Americas which encompasses our go-to-market, professional services, product management and product development. Prior to joining Virtustream, he was the President of the Enterprise Customer Business Unit at Blackbaud (BLKB) where he helped the business drive its transformation into a Cloud centric solution set while delivering a record performance in customer satisfaction and shareholder value.
Before joining Blackbaud, Joe was President and Chief Executive Officer for Capgemini Government Solutions, where he aggressively expanded the company in the U.S. public sector marketplace. Prior to Capgemini, Mr. Moye was the Founder and CEO of Gazelle Consulting, Inc., a branded leader in analytics and data management professional services based in Atlanta, Georgia. Gazelle was acquired by Adjoined Consulting in 2005 and Joe integrated his team and led the combined Business Intelligence practice and, ultimately Kanbay’s practice after its acquisition of Adjoined, prior to Capgemini acquiring Kanbay. Before founding Gazelle Consulting, Mr. Moye held multiple leadership positions with Sequent Computer Systems and Unisys where he was responsible for leading business units and channels both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Moye holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida State University.
As President of Global Services, Keith Angell leads worldwide teams in selling and delivering enterprise class cloud services solutions to Virtustream customers. Keith manages sales, pre-sales, delivery and account management functions for Virtustream’s professional and ‘as-a-Service’ businesses. With more than 25 years of executive experience across 6 premiere technology companies, Angell brings a wealth of Services leadership experience to Virtustream.
Prior to Virtustream, Keith held a series of senior executive roles at IBM, in IBM Cloud, SoftLayer, and Global Technology Services divisions. Most recently, Keith was Vice President of Cloud Managed Services, where he led IBM’s CMS worldwide transformation efforts. Prior to his CMS role, Keith was the Chief Revenue Officer at SoftLayer, an IBM Company, acquired in 2013. Previously, Angell held VP leadership roles in Corporate & Business Development, European Technology Sales, Networking & Communications and Worldwide Pre-Sales Centers of Excellence. Keith began his career at IBM managing all worldwide sales for IBM Applications on Demand business.
Keith was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Corio, before IBM’s acquisition of the managed services provider in 2005. Prior to Corio, he had been CEO, COO, President, General Manager and Vice President of Operations or Sales at three other software and services technology firms over 14 years. He started his engineering and sales career in the management development program at Exxon Corporation, then the world’s largest company.
Keith holds BS Engineering magna cum laude (Duke University), MS Engineering (Northeastern University) and MBA Finance (Louisiana State University) degrees. He has held Professional Engineering licensing, as well as certifications in a number of technology areas, including as a US Government certified Project Manager.
Simon Aspinall is the President of Virtustream’s Service Provider Business. In his role, Simon runs Virtustream’s global business with service providers and manages Virtustream’s business outside the US.
Simon has built a significant business worldwide for Virtustream with service providers, governments and enterprises. His activities have helped to drive Virtustream’s expansion of its xStream software business, enterprise-class IAAS services and cloud managed services. As Virtustream enters new markets and geographies outside the US, Simon’s role is to rapidly develop these new sectors and grow Virtustream’s business through both Virtustream’s direct sales team and partners. For the Cloud Service Provider business, it is Simon’s role to maximize Virtustream’s growth and profitability worldwide with leading service providers and channel partners, and also leading and managing Virtustream’s businesses outside the US. Previously Simon has also been responsible for Virtustream’s Strategy and run Virtustream’s vertical markets business.
Previously Simon has spent more than a decade at Cisco Systems—a cloud innovator and worldwide leader in networking—Simon brought extensive high tech strategy, sales, and business development experience to Virtustream. He led Cisco’s Global Marketing for Cloud, Mobility, and Data Center (SP) businesses, where he created, developed, and executed marketing strategies and campaigns to help each business grow to over a billion dollars in revenue. During his time at Cisco, he also held senior leadership roles in business development, technology and sales teams in Europe, the U.S., and Asia.
Before Cisco, Simon was the founder and director of an Internet incubator, Kickstart Ventures, with operations in five countries. Simon had also spent eight years at Mercer Management Consulting where he focused on business strategy to Enterprises and Telecoms Operators worldwide.
Simon holds a master’s degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a commentator on the IT, telecom, and networking sectors.
Van Williams is an innovative technology leader with over 25 years of experience in a broad range of technologies. He is focused on getting results in complex product development environments, developing strong talent and transforming businesses.
Van joins Virtustream from FleetCor, where he served as the Global CIO over product development and infrastructure services. Under his guidance, FleetCor was able to successfully launch a new strategic platform in multiple countries, complete numerous acquisitions, and make significant improvements in security and quality.
Prior to his tenure at FleetCor he held numerous technology leadership roles with CheckFree and Fiserv, including CTO and CIO for the eCommerce Division. Over a span of 22 years, he helped shape the entire online bill payment industry in the U.S. and was at the heart of every major product innovation effort leading the application development of their award winning products and services.
Kaus Phaltankar, is a Subject Matter Expert in Cyber Security, Information Assurance and Regulatory Compliance. He brings more than 15 years of internet, network engineering, as well as operations experience from leading corporations including Hewlett Packard, MCI and Citicorp.
Kaus has been a pioneer in developing innovative technologies to meet challenges related to security and compliance requirements of commercial and federal enterprises. He has implemented network and security solutions for Department of Defense as well as Fortune 100 clients, globally.
Prior to Virtustream, Kaus was founder and CTO at ViewTrust Technology, Inc. Kaus was instrumental in envisioning and developing key technologies behind the range of products offered by ViewTrust to the commercial and Federal marketplace. At ViewTrust, Kaus developed and implemented solutions for Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management. He also developed innovative solutions to achieve Compliance Automation and Continuous Risk Management, at leading commercial and DoD agencies.
Prior to founding ViewTrust Technology, Kaus was founder and CEO of NetPlexus Corporation, a global Managed Security Service provider with Fortune 500 Customers in Americas, Europe and Asia.
Kaus holds Masters in Telecommunications and Computer Science from The George Washington University, Washington DC; is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
As EVP of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Lisa Desmond is charged with supporting Virtustream's revenue objectives by aligning marketing and sales initiatives, defining and implementing Virtustream's brand strategy, and directing media and analyst relations activities and partner channel efforts.
She has more than twenty years of leadership experience in marketing and communications with over half of those years focused on the Information Technology Services industry. Lisa came to Virtustream from Capgemini where she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Financial Services Strategic Global Unit (FSGBU). Prior to Capgemini, Lisa was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Kanbay and, before that, Marketing Director for Adjoined Consulting, Inc., a management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm. Lisa started her career as founder and President of Business Graphics, Inc., a graphics firm specializing in corporate communications and marketing.
Carolyn Linthicum is the Global Vice President of Human Resources at Virtustream where she maintains global responsibility for performance management, benefits and compensation, training and development, and employee relations for the company. As a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience, Carolyn has led the strategic development, execution and management of global human resource teams for organizations ranging in size from small, private startups to large, public Fortune 500 firms.
Carolyn joins Virtustream from Texas Instruments (TI) where she was the Director of Human Resources for three business units spanning multiple sites across the U.S., Canada and India. In her role Carolyn led the talent acquisition, succession planning, compensation and performance management, and training for over 600 worldwide employees. Prior to her tenure at TI, Carolyn was the Human Resources Director for VoIP software provider, Telogy Networks, where she successfully created and implemented a human resources infrastructure and played an instrumental role in the sale of the company to Texas Instruments. Carolyn has also held human resources leadership roles at McDonald Bradley, a startup computer consulting company, and various government contracting and technology organizations.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and psychology from Towson University in Baltimore, as well as a Master of Science degree in business, with a concentration in human resources management, from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Planning Society (HRPS).
Pete has 29 years of experience in the development, implementation, operations and management of a very wide array of Information Technology, IaaS/SaaS/PaaS Cloud, Security Technologies and MSSP services.
Prior to Virtustream, Pete was the VP of Security Engineering at Terremark and Verizon where he was instrumental in the success of Terremark's IAAS Federal and Commercial deployments and managed the entire security and MSSP portfolio, security consulting, presales activities, whitepaper authorship and strategic planning.
Before this, Pete was the CSO/CTO of ProtectPoint, Inc. where he designed and implemented 350 MSSP Solutions and CTO/CEO of Promero, a hosted CRM/Telephony Company, where he was directly responsible for 6 patents and the deployment and operations of the world's most innovative SAAS/PAAS platform for VoIP and Video Teleconferencing.
In addition, Pete is internationally regarded as a wireless pioneer having built the world's first commercially viable Wireless ISP with over 500 antenna locations. Pete was also presented with the "Microsoft Industry Solutions" Award by Steve Ballmer at Comdex 2000 for the most innovative and advanced implementation of Microsoft applications for a large VoIP/CRM travel agent system.
Pete is currently a board of directors consultant of the South Florida Information Systems Security Administrators, after three years as President. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Cloud Security Alliance-SF, an Advisory Board Member for Arbor, VMWare, Fortinet, Vormetric and Trapezoid, former VP on the Board of Directors of the FBI Infragard, and a member of ISACA, Internet Coast, Honeynet Alliance, Computer Security Institute, IEEE, Secret Service Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force, EFF, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Anti-phishing Working Group. Pete recently completed a chapter on Content Filtering for the IT Masters Level College textbook: "Computer and Information Security."